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Dengvaxia: Know this Before getting the Shot

Dengvaxia: Know this Before getting the Shot

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Public expressed concern as the French drug maker Sanofi Pasteur announced last November 30, 2017 that the vaccine Dengvaxia isn't as safe as they first claimed it to be.

        Dengvaxia, a 20 year undertaking to prevent the mosquito-transmitted disease dengue, can lead an individual to develop a severe form of dengue if they have not yet been previously infected by dengue.

        Sanofi clarified that Dengvaxia does not cause dengue infection. Receiving dengvaxia shot will however, increase the chance that an individual will have a severe form of infection should they be infected with dengue for the first time.

        Dengue has 4 strains of virus. It is known that a person develops a life-long immunity against a specific strain from prior infection. But, a reinfection of dengue from another strain will result to a more serious infection.

        Study has shown that those individuals with previous deng…

Magnet Kills Cancer Cells

Magnet Kills Cancer Cells

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Scientists in South Korea devised an extraordinary way to trigger cancer cells to self-destruct. How did they do this? Here's where magnet does amazing tricks.

        Our body has an efficient mechanism of getting rid of old or damaged cells. That is, they are programmed to self-destruct (aka. apoptosis) and then be cleared away by the immune system, giving way for new healthy cells to grow.

        But in the case of cancer cells, instead of self-destructing, they continue to grow uncontrollably, even when they no longer serve any useful function for the body. What's more, they rapidly multiply in number,  invade normal tissues and organs, and compete for nutrients to sustain their exponential growth.

Yeah, sounds like a zombie. You get the point?

Here's the trick...

        Both normal and cancel cells share one thing in common, they have a receptor that can be activated to initiate  programmed cell death. It's c…


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